Drinking hot tea ups oesophageal cancer risk in smokers, drinkers

Smokers and drinkers should avoid hot tea, as, according to a study, it can increase the risk of oesophageal cancer. The cancer, which starts in the oesophagus, was already known to be linked to drinking alcohol and smoking, but those risks are heightened by the addition of daily cups of “burning hot” tea, scientists discovered. The risks to smokers also increase with high-temperature tea drinking, said the study, which examined data on 456,155 Chinese adults ages 30 to 79. Lv Jun, of Peking University Health Science Centre in China, who co-authored the study said : “Boiling hot tea will harm the cells in the ooesophagus. “If the person also drinks alcohol and smokes, then the harm caused will be more heightened.”